Geno Smith played in his final game as the starting quarterback for the West Virginia Mountaineers in the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium before he prepares for the 2013 NFL Draft. Suffice to say, things did not go how Smith would have scripted his final college football game of his great career.
It was one thing for the high powered offense of the Mountaineers to get stifled by the Syracuse Orange in a 38-14 embarrassment, but it was another for Smith to make some key mistakes that cost his team a shot at a victory. That was not how we wanted to go out, especially when you consider that he was a Heisman Trophy favorite after the first month of the 2012 college football season.
If you look at his final stat line, then things do not appear as bleak for Smith. He completed 16 of 26 passes for 197 passing yards and two touchdown passes to Stedman Bailey. But he was also sacked in the end zone in the first half and called for intentional grounding in the end zone in the second half, with both plays resulting in safeties. At another key point in the game, following a turnover by the Orange on offense, Smith gave them the ball right back on the very next play with a fumble.
Smith had a blazing start to the season, but cooled off considerably in numerous game as the year progressed. He still finished 2012 with over 40 passing touchdowns, but his play did deteriorate a bit in certain big games, especially in crucial points of those games. Smith did not necessarily hurt his 2013 NFL Draft stock that much last night.
But he did not really do much to improve it either.